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Apple counters talk it will shut Beats music service (Update)

September 22, 2014 - 2:27pm
Apple on Monday refuted talk that it plans to close the Beats streaming music service it acquired as part of a $3 billion-deal earlier this year.

Brainwave test could improve autism diagnosis, classification

September 22, 2014 - 11:05am
Measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may help diagnose the condition earlier, research suggests. Statistics show that 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The signs and symptoms of ASD vary significantly from person to person, ranging from mild social and communication difficulties to profound cognitive impairments.

A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy: Scientists reconstruct third dimension from a single image

September 21, 2014 - 12:50pm
Imagine that you want to find out from a single picture taken of the front of a house, what the building looks like from behind, whether it has any extensions or if the brickwork is damaged, and how many rooms are in the basement.  Sounds impossible? Not in the nanoworld. Scientists have developed a new method with which crystal structures can be reconstructed with atomic precision in all three dimensions.

How baryon acoustic oscillation reveals the expansion of the universe

September 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Imagine a stadium filled with people. With everyone is in their seats, waiting for the game to begin, there is an undercurrent of noise. A few words between friends, the scuffle of shoes, the creak of a chair. All of these little sounds fill the stadium with a background of white noise.

Ear ye, ear ye, otitis is common in dogs, and allergies are often to blame

September 19, 2014 - 6:00am
Ear inflammation, or otitis, is one of the most common medical problems that dogs experience; because there are many causes, it is important to seek veterinary care to prevent severe pain and damage to deeper structures of the ear, which may lead to dizziness and long-term hearing loss.

New biomedical implants heal bones faster, focus on personalized medicine

September 18, 2014 - 7:34pm
A major success in developing new biomedical implants with the ability to accelerate bone healing has been reported by a group of scientists, which suggests a move toward a future of personalized products. "It is very much like your taste in music and TV shows. People are different and the new trend in biotechnology is to make personalized medicine that matches the patient's needs," he says. "With regard to implants, we have the problem of variations in bone density in patients with osteoporosis and in some cases, even healthy individuals."

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives

September 18, 2014 - 8:16am
Many Americans across racial and ethnic groups describe losing eyesight as potentially having the greatest impact on their day-to-day life, more so than other conditions including: loss of limb, memory, hearing and speech, a survey shows.

Online piracy thrives in Internet cloud: study (Update)

September 18, 2014 - 7:40am
Online piracy of music, films and other content has moved to the Internet cloud, reaping big profits for digital thieves, according to a study released Thursday.

Professor examines convergence of languages, cultures in Chinese Inner Asia

September 18, 2014 - 5:50am
When Arienne Dwyer identified an area in Chinese Inner Asia as a language convergence zone some 19 years ago, she discovered that the grammars of unrelated languages had grown to resemble one another. Moreover, when some speakers of these diverse languages come together in song contests, they would harmonize their melodies even faster than their languages.

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives

September 17, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Research!America) Many Americans across racial and ethnic groups describe losing eyesight as potentially having the greatest impact on their day-to-day life, more so than other conditions including: loss of limb, memory, hearing and speech (57 percent of African-Americans, 49 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 43 percent of Asians and 38 percent of Hispanics).

The mobility model is closely linked to the city's characteristics

September 17, 2014 - 8:20am
The massive use of motor vehicles leads to a whole host of problems, such as pollution, noise, accidents, occupation of space and others, which need to be tackled in two ways, according to the authors of this research: by improving the offer of public transport and properly managing the mobility demand.

'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

September 17, 2014 - 5:32am
A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable or wearable electronic devices, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, electronic hearing protectors and communication devices.

Chin strap turns chewing into power

September 16, 2014 - 7:27pm
Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

September 16, 2014 - 1:14pm
Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners.

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

September 16, 2014 - 12:20pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners....

Bacterial communication: And so they beat on, flagella against the cantilever

September 16, 2014 - 9:17am
Researchers have developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony. They chemically attached colonies of E. coli bacteria to a microcantilever, coupling its motion to that of the bacteria. As the cantilever itself isn’t doesn’t generate any vibrations, or ‘noise,’ this allowed the researchers to monitor the colony’s reactions to various stimuli in real time.

Miami Bat Squad Tracks Rare Species to Golf Course Roost

September 16, 2014 - 5:12am
The researchers use ultrasonic mikes to track down the home of the rare Florida bonneted bat, a critically endangered species

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Hey1 and Hey2 ensure inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

September 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Two Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have discovered the 'molecular brakes' that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice. These 'hair cells' translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired.

And so they beat on, flagella against the cantilever

September 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
(American Institute of Physics) Researchers have developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony. They chemically attached colonies of E. coli bacteria to a microcantilever, coupling its motion to that of the bacteria. As the cantilever itself isn't doesn't generate any vibrations, or 'noise,' this allowed the researchers to monitor the colony's reactions to various stimuli in real time.

Facebook vs. loneliness

September 15, 2014 - 6:10am
Are people becoming lonelier even as they feel more connected online? Hayeon Song, an assistant professor of communication at UWM, explored this topic in recent research.